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Rehabilitation of the Overhead Athlete: An Evidence Based Approach to Return to Sports

On-Demand now available!

$149 per participant

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Course Description

Treating the overhead athlete can be daunting for the rehabilitation professional. This is magnified for occupational therapists and hand therapists, as many do not treat the shoulder or trunk where many of the underlying inefficiencies lie. Understanding the principles across the entire kinetic chain of the overhead athletes as well as efficient movement patterns is paramount in treating this population. In addition, analysis of physical demand, intensity and duration are all integrated into treatment approaches and return to prior level of function.

In this unique and interactive one-day seminar, current concepts in examination of the overhead athlete and analysis of his/her sport and its demands will be presented. Interventions will focus on evidence based techniques covering a spectrum of overhead athletes as well as sport and position specific techniques. In addition, ground breaking and out-of-the-box treatment strategies to rehabilitate this advanced and exciting population will be outlined. This course provides the PT/OT/CHT the tools necessary to examine the athlete, sport demand and design the most efficient rehabilitation process to get them back to sports. Following this course you will be able to apply the skills learned immediately to your practice. The education level for this course is intermediate. 

Course Instructor
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April O’Connell, OTR/L, CHT, ACSM is the Clinical Specialist in the Hand and Upper Extremity Therapy Department at NYU Langone Health and has been practicing for 15 years. She earned her Occupational Therapy degree at Boston University, is a Certified Hand Therapist and is certified by the American Council of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Clinical Exercise Specialist. She has lectured to orthopedic surgeons and therapists nationally and internationally in current concepts of orthopedic rehabilitation of the upper extremity. Some of her most recent lectures include being a guest speaker for Dr. Radio on Sirius Satellite on topics for rehabilitation of the hand and upper extremity as well as injuries to the overhead athlete. In addition, she has presented on Flexor Tendon Repair Advancement at AAOS in 2015 and was later asked to speak at ASSH national conference in 2016 and ASHT in 2017. She recently presented her latest research at ASHT National Conference on flexor tendon rehabilitation in 2019. She also lectures at Touro College in NY on various topics including tendon injuries, splinting, and research. April is a founding member of the NYU Langone Golf and Pitching Labs.

There are no financial or non-financial disclosures to report.

Course Outline
  • Review of anatomy and physiology of the upper extremity and kinetic chain of the overhead athlete

  • Specialized tests and lab

  • Scapula, thoracic and pillar strength assessment and lab

  • Breakdown of the overhead athlete by sport

  • Common diagnosis and case studies

  • Out of the box therapeutic exercises, home exercise plan and lab

  • Adjunctive treatment techniques and modalities

Continuing Education Credit







Gold Standard Seminars, LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity approval ID# 11249. This distance learning-independent activity is offered at 0.6 CEUs intermediate, OT service delivery. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.


This course offers 6.0 contact hours of category A, formal courses with direct upper extremity content for OT or PT towards the Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) recertification.

This course meets the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Standards of Quality for Continuing Education Offerings (BOD G11-03-22-69). Please save your course certificate and outline to submit for CE credit to your state and/or local licensing board.

For other professions, this course counts as 6.0 contact hours of professional development. Please save your certificate and course outline to submit to your national, state or local agency for continuing educating credit. 

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Course Schedule
  • Available On-Demand - learn at your own pace!

Course Locations
Learning Outcomes
  • Describe the role of the kinetic chain in the overhead athlete

  • Explain the function of the scapula in overhead motions

  • Confidently perform a clinical exam of the kinetic chain of the overhead athlete

  • Develop a plan of care to rehabilitate the athlete through each phase of healing, knowing when to progress or regress treatment based on tissue healing and irritability

  • Describe the bridge from clinical activity to sports performance and articulate how to progress the athlete to return to sport. 

Recommended Course Participants
  • Occupational Therapists

  • Physical Therapists

  • Occupational Therapy Assistants

  • Physical Therapy Assistants

  • Physicians

  • Physicians Assistants

  • Nurse Practitioners

  • Chiropractors

ADA and Special Requests

Please contact Gold Standard Seminars  prior to purchase to discuss any particular needs and/or requests.

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